Dave Franco Talks Playing H-O-R-S-E, Getting “Naked” With DeAndre Jordan
The younger Franco’s latest Funny or Die video pits him against the 7-foot L.A. Clippers center. And a formidable dancer named Elke the Stallion.
Every six months or so, actor Dave Franco releases a new comedy short on Funny or Die that manages to tickle and titillate in equal measure. His latest, Real Life H-O-R-S-E, costarring Los Angeles Clippers star center DeAndre Jordan, dials down the raunch a notch or two but still manages to feature an impressively curvy booty-shaking dancer and something called the “penis competition.”
So we had to ring up the actor — who costars in the zombie rom-com Warm Bodies and will appear in the magician heist thriller Now You See Me on June 7 — to get the inside scoop on how the video came together.
BuzzFeed: So had you been playing pick-up games with DeAndre Jordan and decided to make it into a short?
Dave Franco: That came about really nicely, actually. I had written the script, and we were looking for an NBA star that has enough of a sense of humor to make fun of themselves, and who would be willing to give us two full shooting days, which is tough, because these guys’ schedules are insane. So I was talking to Funny or Die about which NBA star would you go after, and they mentioned that DeAndre had wanted to do a video. It just so happens that one of my roommates from college is one of DeAndre’s agents. So it just worked out perfectly.
Then I went on YouTube, and DeAndre has a series of videos on YouTube where he’s pranking people on the Venice pier. He has a fart machine, and he’s walking around lifting his leg up and literally farting on people, and he’s this 7-foot dude, so no one is really getting too mad at him. It just showed me that he is a funny guy and doesn’t take himself too seriously.
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